[Updated at 9:12 p.m. ET] At least 44 people died as a result of a Russian jetliner's crash onto a highway outside Petrozavodsk in northwestern Russia late Monday, emergency management officials said.
The jet had 43 passengers and a crew of nine when it took off Monday night from Moscow for Petrozavodsk, about 950 kilometers (600 miles) to the north, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said.
Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said survivors, including one child, were taken to hospitals.
Controllers lost contact with the twin-engine Tupolev-134 at about 11:40 p.m. (3:40 p.m. ET), and it crashed onto a highway outside Besovets, near the Petrozavodsk airport, the ministry reported. Andrianova said the jet broke into several pieces and caught fire after the crash, and that nearly 140 rescue workers, doctors and police officers were on the scene.FULL STORY